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What To Do Before Starting Med School & Residency
Medical School / Pre-Med

What To Do Before Starting Med School & Residency

What to do before starting medical school is one of the most commonly asked questions I hear from students about to begin their first semester of medical school. It’s the same question that I wrangled with after graduating medical school before starting my internal medicine residency. Here are my top […]

Spotlight Interview: what happens when you don’t match
The Match: Spotlight Series / Uncategorized

Spotlight Interview: what happens when you don’t match

What happens to medical students who don’t match? Here’s what one unmatched psychiatry applicant had to say.   Thanks for letting me interview you Steven. You have a pretty unique story that my readers would love to hear about but before we delve in can you tell us a little […]

My Favorite Medical Books for Leisure
Medicine / Uncategorized

My Favorite Medical Books for Leisure

These are some of my favorite medicine related books to read for leisure. A lot of Atul Gawande…okay it’s mostly Atul Gawande. But also a biography of cancer, what happens when a young doctor is diagnosed with cancer, and a little bit of philosophy. Great finds for anyone in or outside […]

What I Learned During My First Week of Residency
Residency

What I Learned During My First Week of Residency

In the United States July 1st marks the start date for the majority of residency programs. My residency program however starts one week early, a trend that many are adopting. It gives us one ‘extra’ week of vacation prior to the start of our second year of residency. So for all […]

Why Are You In Medicine?
Humanism

Why Are You In Medicine?

I was recently interviewed on a podcast (Surviving Medicine) and was asked the simple question, ‘why are you in medicine?’. In retrospect, that’s the exact question I silently ask myself in frustration and exhaustion a little bit too often while I’m in the hospital. In those moments I recognize that […]

How To Find Research in Medical School and Residency
Medical School / Residency

How To Find Research in Medical School and Residency

One of the most frustrating aspects of medical school and residency is the hidden curriculum. The stuff you kind of just figure out along the way and wish you knew from the beginning. One part of the hidden curriculum of medical school and residency is research. Here are my tips […]

How To Study For USMLE Step 3
Step 3

How To Study For USMLE Step 3

In my prior post, When You Should Take Step 3,  I went over the importance of USMLE step 3 with regard to fellowships moving forward and gave some insight into figuring out the right time to take the exam. The following post covers the nitty gritty details about how to […]

The Difference Between An Intern and a Senior Resident
Opinion

The Difference Between An Intern and a Senior Resident

At my hospital, we call first year residents ‘interns’ and all of the second and third year residents are the ‘senior residents’. It makes it easier for everyone in the hospital when you introduce yourself as ‘the intern’ or ‘the resident’. It set’s different expectations right from the get go. […]

How To Learn More, Faster in Medical School
Resources

How To Learn More, Faster in Medical School

It’s been awhile since I used Picmonic. It was my go to medical school resource when I was a first and second-year med student and was even more valuable while I was studying for USMLE step 1 and step 2 CK.  The more I used it, the more valuable it […]

What I Keep In My White Coat (mostly snacks and an iPhone charger)
Residency

What I Keep In My White Coat (mostly snacks and an iPhone charger)

I’ve written a lot about the philosophy behind surviving and thriving in residency. Which is great and all but it doesn’t help you when you forgot to charge your phone last night and you’re already operating at 20% battery. Here’s what I use on a day-to-day basis as an internal […]

How To Write Your Residency Personal Statement (And a copy of mine!)
Medical School

How To Write Your Residency Personal Statement (And a copy of mine!)

Initially inspired by a blog post from LifeOfAMedStudent.com about how to write your residency personal statement I wanted to share a few tips and tricks on how to write a great personal statement. By no means is the following all inclusive as the complete scope of writing your personal statement is […]

Medical Training Doesn’t Get Easier. You Just Get Stronger
Residency

Medical Training Doesn’t Get Easier. You Just Get Stronger

I don’t think I’m ready for my second year of residency. As second years we have to cover the PCU (progressive care unit),  a step down unit in between the general medicine floors and the medical ICU (intensive care unit). We have to cover all of the rapid responses, situations […]

When You Should Take USMLE Step 3
Step 3

When You Should Take USMLE Step 3

I’m about to finish my first year of residency. Although I might not be ready to be a resident I sure as hell am ready to not be an intern anymore. Intern year of residency is exhausting. There’s no way around it. And studying for yet another seemingly pointless USMLE […]

Surviving Residency: 5 Tips You Didn’t Know You Already Knew
Residency

Surviving Residency: 5 Tips You Didn’t Know You Already Knew

Residency is hard. Anyone who tells you differently needs a stat GI consult because they’re full of it. You will be tired physically, mentally and emotionally, regardless of what specialty you enter. The rewards of the job are sometimes short-lived and unpredictable, but their depth have the capacity to outweigh […]

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